ABOUT : BROOKLYN THE FILM
Brooklyn is a first feature film, wild and free, 100% Hip-Hop, directed by Pascal Tessaud.
In keeping with the Guerilla Cinema introduced by independent movies like Donoma, Rue des Cités, or Rengaine, the movie takes you deep into the heart of Saint-Denis’ hip-hop community, for a purely French fiction.
Brooklyn is a musical film, 100% Hip Hop, 100% independent
Coralie runs away from Switzerland. She arrives in Paris to take her chance into Hip Hop music. She’s hired as a cook in a local association in the parisian suburb of Saint-Denis. Coralie meets Issa, the rising star of the hood…
Playing the lead role is a talented 22-year-old rapper, KT GORIQUE, World Freestyle Champion at the End of the Weak contest in New York in 2012, and the only female recipient of this award to this day. She wrote the texts especially for the movie.
The whole movie was designed around guided improvisation; the cast is almost solely composed of rappers living in and around Saint-Denis, who had never acted in front of a camera before. The whole movie is designed on the basis of guided improvisation, and the cast is almost solely composed of rappers living in and around Saint-Denis, who had never acted in front of a camera before. Pascal thus spent an intensive month teaching them Actor’s-Studio inspired acting techniques. The rappers in Brooklyn are all freestyle experts, bringing in an unprecedented freshness, spontaneity, and authenticity. Pascal gathered a collective of 40 people around the project, and launched the shooting in Saint-Denis with no more than 6000 euro in his pocket, without help of any producer, or TV channel! Only armed with two digital cameras and a determined crew, he threw himself in, helter-skelter! Brooklyn was part of the ACID film selection shown at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and has been touring international festivals worldwide (Rio, Milan, Havana, Bucarest, New York, Lisbon, Goteborg, Tubingen-Stuttgart, Amsterdam etc.)
with KT GORIQUE, RA-FAL UCHIWA, Jalil NACIRI, Liliane ROVERE, Véronique RUGGIA SAURA, BLADE MC, DESPEE GONZALES, BABALI SHOW, Manon LEROY, HOUABY, OG KRAMS, INAYA, Sarah GUEM, ZIRKO, BOUZID, Nes POUNTA, VR, MARKO 93, POOPS, Evil SHIRO, Julien EYES, Jean Paul BATHANY, MILK COFFEE & SUGAR, RADIKAL MC, NEMIR, Jacques Henry FABRE
THE OTHERS ACTORS:
RAFAL UCHIWA (ISSA) :
Ra-fal, 24, born in Saint-Denis (93), is one of the most prized rap artists of his generation: Francofolies of la Rochelle, Clash des Fous Furieux x3, Clash des Titans x1, Rueil Hall Star, Tremplin de Saint-Denis... In December 2012, he qualified for the Ile-de-France finals of the End of the Weak’13 competition. His first EP, NINDO, will be out in 2015.
JALIL NACIRI : (YAZID)
Born in Saint-Ouen (93), Jalil played in Malik Chibane’s Hexagone, Pierre Morel’s Taken, Alain Tasma’s Nuit noire, Nadir Mokneche’s Viva l‘Algérie, Steven Spielberg’s Munich, and Akim Isker’s La Planque. He just completed the production,writing and shooting of his first guerilla feature film, Piste noire.
LILIANE ROVERE: (ODETTE)
Liliane played in major French films including Buffet froid (Bertrand Blier), Je t’aime moi non plus (Serge Gainsbourg), Calmos (Bertrand Blier), Harry un ami qui vous veut du bien (Dominik Moll), Voyages (Emmanuel Finkiel, Cesar for Best First Film), Le Fils de l’épicier (Eric Guirado), as well as in Pascal Tessaud’s La Ville Lumière. She is currently writing her first feature film about Collaboration.
DESPEE GONZALES: (DIEGO)
Despee Gonzales is a Saint-Denis rapper and member of the Ursa Major collective. A natural born freestyler, Despee imposed his talent and skills through clashes and impros, and their album “La Vérité en face” sold 15,000 copies. They keep touring halls, subway stations and battles.
VERONIQUE RUGGIA (ELISABETH):
Véronique is an actress for the theater, but also worked as a director, coach, and first assistant for various films including Khamsa (Karim Dridi), Le Gone du Chaaba (Christophe Ruggia), Quand le vent tisse les fleurs (Bania Medjbar), La Naissance des pieuvres (Celine Sciamma), Versailles (Pierre Schoeller), Sauf le respect que je vous dois (Fabienne Godet).
Blade discovered the world of hip-hop in Le Havre through dance and graffiti in 1993. Curious and versatile, he then truly found his game in writing, and incidentally beatboxing. Participating in battles, open mikes and slam scenes, he built a reputation in the underground hip-hop world, and then joined major companies (like Montalvo) mixing theater, dance and music on international tours. Blade just directed his first short film, “À la sueur du Coeur”, and is working on his first solo album.
TECHNICAL CREW :
Directrice de Prod: Laurie PEZERON, 1er Assistant director: Fouad SASSI, DOP: Fabien RODESCH, Sébastien BAGES, Pascal TESSAUD, Sound: Alexandre ABRARD, Chef Déco: Thierry JAULIN, Perchmen: Guillaume GALLOIS, Sarah SERGERSKY, Fabien ROSSI, Olivier LUCE, Lucy MARTY, Geoffray TERREAU, Régie: Merryl PEZERON, Stagiaire Image: Aliou DIALLO, Stagiaire Régie : Lisa PEZERON, Marie Camille COLIN, Stagiaire Déco : Mathilde ROUGE, Maquillage : Elise OLLIVIER WONG, Jeanne DEHEE, Assistante Casting: Behi DJANATI ATAI, Montage : Amandine NORMAND, Nicolas MILTEAU, Montage son : Rico BIZET, Prémix: Antoine FAURE
« Brooklyn » a été sélectionné au dernier Festival de Cannes, dans la sélection de l’Acid et fait désormais le tour des festivals internationaux (Rio, Milan, La Havane, Bucarest, New York, Lisbonne, Goteborg, Tubigen-Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Trinida & Tobago, Cologne, Tallinn etc.)
The success story is only beginning!
LES INTENTIONS DU REALISATEUR :
For his first feature film, Pascal wanted to create a Love letter song, an ode to the “Banlieue” and to the Hip Hop community of Saint-Denis, by following the chaotic path of a young woman, Coralie, who is going to fight to find her niche within this city and become the artist known as Brooklyn. To film in an intimate, instinctive, poetic and complex manner the life of a music association in the 93, away from the prevailing victimization and law-and order expectations, by showing the everyday life, work, and creative process of a group, along with its troubles. To bring to light all of the beauty and sensitivity of characters that have too long been underestimated or caricatured by French cinema and the media. To film with LOVE their humanity, their darkness and their dreams, in a world that becomes more and more cynical, ossified and disenchanted every day. Brooklyn’s utopia is to make Art together, expecting nothing in return but the satisfaction and pride of putting together, with our own weapons, a collective and personal work, which remains true to our lives.
Pascal also wanted to show the internal conflicts within rap where ideological divides contrast with life choices, and where generations sometimes clash. How to pass on values and ethics, a culture, a history and a proletarian memory? Who accepts it? Who rejects it and why? How does this generation change take place? Through the ardent rivalry that brings together Coralie/Brooklyn and Issa, the rising star of Saint-Denis, Pascal Tessaud tries to question the notion of Success. What does succeeding in life mean? Between individualism and collective mindset, the film goes beyond the microcosm of Hip Hop and manages to become universal through philosophical reflection on each one’s place within a group, a collective, within a society that is more and more fragmented, divided and violent. BROOKLYN questions the place of women in our society and reintroduces the notion that hopes and dreams are the only way to fight back. BROOKLYN is a resistant film, with at its core a group that refuses to abandon its principles, its struggles and its integrity so as not to sink into individualism and self-destructive resentment.